Friday, November 13, 2009

Apple Magic Mouse (multi-touch gestures)

If you're familiar with multi-touch gestures on the Mac, then you'll want an Apple Magic Mouse. This is the first multi-touch mouse and it's currently included with every iMac. If you're looking for some holiday gift ideas, this could make a great $69 stocking stuffer. Apple certainly has some of the most talented and creative engineers and designers on staff (yes, some of my MIT college friends work at Apple).

Using Bluetooth wireless technology, this little peripheral requires no wires or cables. You make your gestures on the surface of the mouse, so imagine taking that track pad and turning that into a mouse. Like many mice, this one also features an ambidextrous design. All you creative lefties out there won't be left behind on this one.

Here are some of the gestures you can perform:
• Click: Magic Mouse is an advanced point-and-click mouse that lets you click and double-click anywhere on its Multi-Touch surface.
• Two-button click: Magic Mouse functions as a two-button mouse when you enable Secondary Click in System Preferences. Left-handed users can reassign left and right click, as well.
• 360° scroll: Brush one finger along the Multi-Touch surface to scroll in any direction and to pan a full 360 degrees.
• Screen zoom: Hold down the Control key on your keyboard and scroll with one finger on Magic Mouse to enlarge items on your screen.
• Two-finger swipe: Using two fingers, swipe left and right along the Multi-Touch surface to advance through pages in Safari or browse photos in iPhoto.
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